Category Archives: Kids

The Oldest Song

It is hard to know exactly when humans started playing music, but archaeologists have found flutes made of bone and ivory from 43,000 years ago. Archeologists have found many ancient examples of instruments, but written songs are much more difficult to find. It is likely that we will never know what the very first song […]

Storytelling

Storytelling is an important way for people around the world to preserve their unique cultures and histories. Different cultures have different traditional styles of storytelling.

Protecting these traditions is important because they record how people understand the world around them and how they fit into the world.

From 1870 to 1914, many of […]

Cirit

The Kurds are an indigenous people that live in a mountainous area called “Kurdistan” in the Middle East. This area is spread across several different countries: Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Armenia. The Kurds don’t have an official country, but they are united by a similar culture, history and religious traditions. One traditional game that […]

Around The World

Several faiths have significant holidays in December. Christmas falls on Dec. 25. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Many people exchange presents at Christmas, too. Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration that lasts eight days. Some Hanukkah customs include eating potato pancakes, or latkes, and playing with a dreidel, a spinning top with Hebrew letters […]

Alpine Marmot

There are 15 species of marmot that can be found all over the world, but each species is unique. The alpine marmot is native to the Alps in Europe. They can be found in France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. marmots are small mammals related to squirrels. They have been living in the mountains […]

Letter From Truman

Hi, Kids!
I don’t know about you, but I love to color and make things. Did you know that people have been drawing and coloring for thousands of years – thousands?! “Connections” talks about some of the oldest known drawings and some pretty cool new ways to make art, too.

One of the most […]

3D Printing

Humans have been creating art for thousands of years, and technology has had a huge influence over the way that we create. To create cave paintings, early humans crushed up stones and colored clay. Egyptians and Greeks created paints from bee’s wax. One of the newest ways technology has changed art is the invention of […]

SPACE PLACE | JULY 2018

There are millions of pieces of rocky material left over from the formation of our solar system. These rocky chunks are called asteroids, and they can be found orbiting our sun. Most asteroids are found between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. They orbit the sun in a doughnut-shaped region of space called the asteroid […]

CULTURAL CONNECTIONS | JULY 2018

History of Embroidery Samplers

A sampler is a piece of embroidery that is created to show or test needle-

working skill. They were especially popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.

For many years, in England and America, needlework was an important

part of a woman’s education. […]

COME OUT AND PLAY | JULY 2018

Hopscotch is a fun playground game that people have been playing for centuries. There are many different variations of the game, but the basic idea is to hop on one foot and avoid stepping on the lines drawn on the ground.

Some of the first people to use hopscotch were Roman […]